RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Zatecky Gus (Zhatetsky goose) is a light lager with a light traditional flavor. This beer is brewed on the original recipe with addition of famous Czech aromatic hop of Zhatetsky variety. This hop gives the beer its specific aroma and slight bitterness. The new beer drinks easily. Zatecky Gus is a unique opportunity to enjoy the beer, which is not expensive and brewed in the best Czech traditions. The Zhatetsky hop has been grown in the area of Zhatets town in northern Czechia for more than 700 years. From the old times the hops has been famous not only in Czechia, but as well in the neighbouring regions. Zhatets is often called the world hop capital — Zhatetsky hop is one of the highest-quality hops in the world, it has been grown by the Institute of Hop growing. 11°

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
janubio (757) - - OCT 30, 2013
500 ml. bottle, bought in a shop of russian and german food and beverages near home. Pours a crystal pale golden colour, with a decent head that is not there when you look again at it. Smell of grains, grains and hints of peach. Too watery palate, thin body, taste is the same as smell: grains, herbs and some peach, with maybe some citrus too. Average to bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
solidfunk (7888) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2016
Actually not bad. Light barley and some czech hops. Clear golden pour. Smooth like CL with the PR beat. Clean finish. Bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JtanK (361) - Kraków, POLAND - NOV 26, 2016
Review written before I made ratebeer account. My original review notes just say: "I drank it." which speaks about how average it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JorisPPattyn (9606) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2016
Fluffy, just off-white head over crystal clear metallic golden beer. Rather sweetish, pale malt’s nose, bit of manure, bit flowery. Sweet malts, adjuncts, maltsyrup. Awful. Sticky-slick, light body, undercarbonated. This is an abomination to what Czech Pilsner ought to be. Only a Russian...

Or did the Czech send them something else, they choose to call Zatec?...
Dankjewel, Aga, Het was TOCH Russisch!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
rotaman14 (563) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2016
Pale golden beer with a huge white head. Cardboard and grain aroma, with a distinct hint of red berries. Unpleasant gull taste with a papery aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
danioofp (79) - POLAND - OCT 13, 2016
Puszka 1l, wodniste, brak piany, pdobne do wina musuj?cego, jasne, slodki zapach, delikatny smak

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
efeesse (452) - Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 28, 2016
Beer with light body, light color, soft carbonized, light bitterness, (bought a 1L beer can in Brno Tesco supermarket).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Bitek (525) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 18, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2016 Niczym niewyróżniający się eurolager - słód, lekki skunks, niska goryczka, pustka. [Archiwum, pite 11.06.2015].

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blackisle (2184) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle 50cl. poured into a lager glass. Clear pale golden, average frothy white head, half-way lasting, heavy lacing; aroma grainy, bread, wet hay; taste light heavy sweet and light bitter, grainy; sweetbitter finish, cardboard, metallic touch at the end; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; mediocre pilsner.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tjeerd (361) - GERMANY - AUG 8, 2016
Just as pale as it tastes. Medium carbonation, little mouthfeel. The standard local pils you would drink on some far away holiday.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Alengrin (4713) - BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2016
Baltika ’pils’ (pale lager) obtained through a Slavonic shop in Groningen (Netherlands). Medium thick, moussy, off-white head dissolving quickly in the middle, over a cristal clear, pale golden blonde beer with slightly greenish hue and quiet fizz. Nose is heavily impaired by the dreaded ’lightstruck’ effect (skunked - cat pee, so to speak), completely covering fainter aromas of soggy white bread, sourish grains, minerals and a faint whiff of grass, but literally nothing of the Czech (hop or even malt) features promised on the label. Fairly neutral onset, sweetish cereal-like graininess with a sourish edge, clearly malt extract presence (I suppose in powder form), spritzy and lightly souring carbo, supple but thin body. Graininess simply continues in the middle with a very vague metallic edge, and the finish adds nothing further except from a mineral water-like aftertaste; granted, there is a weak hint at grassy hop bitterishness way back in the finish adding just a little body to the finish - barely preventing it from becoming as thin and watery as e.g. the blandest of Latin American standard lagers. This is the only redeeming feature I can think of: in all, this is a bland, watery, cheap and industrial pale lager, completely the type of beer that sparked the whole craft beer revolution as a reaction against it. I had worse standard lagers than this, but what bothers me in this particular case (political and historical issues aside) is that the - Carlsberg-owned - Baltika brewery presents this to their consumers as a Bohemian Pilsener. Imagine Bud Light, MGD or anything of that kind being advertized as a ’svetly lezak’... This is not only blatantly untrue (in spite of the commercial description about the history of hop culture in the Czech town of Zhatets), it is completely disrespectful of the original Czech Pilsener style, with which this thing has absolutely nothing in common regardless of "brewer’s intent" - point off for that, and probably the last time I sample a Baltika beer.

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